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The BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces 28 Regional Semi-Finalists

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced the 28 Regional Semi-Finalists in the second round of judging in the third annual BlackBerry Partners Fund “Super Apps” Developer Challenge. Details of the competition include:

  • Regional Semi-Finalists were the top apps in their respective categories across four global regions
  • Regional Semi-Finalists were selected from nearly 400 apps that were identified as Regional Selections
  • Regional Semi-Finalists each receive a prize package valued at approx. $16,000
  • Participants in this year’s challenge are competing for a total prize package valued at over US$1.5 million

Hit the jump for the list of regional finalists.
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Polar Mobile Reaches 150 Super Apps with Support for BlackBerry 6

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This week at the BlackBerry Developers Conference, Polar Mobile announced that they have reached 150 Super Apps for BlackBerry. Polar has recently surpassed over 6 million users who use their apps like TIME, CNNMoney, Shanghai Daily, BusinessWeek, The Hockey News, GQ India, Maclean’s and CBS College Sports.

Polar Mobile also announced that their SMART platform of white-label newsreader apps now supports BlackBerry 6 and BlackBerry Push Services to provide a real-time news experience for users. They also plan to integrate BBM using the recently announced BBM SDK to share articles between friends.

Explore the growing list of Polar Mobile apps.

BlackBerry Partners Fund announce more finalists in Developer Challenge

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund have announced the next four finalists in the 2009 BlackBerry Developer Challenge.

The next four finalists are:

  • David by Turner Technologies
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates by Concrete Software Inc
  • CBS News by Handmark
  • Market Simplified by Market Simplified Inc.

This brings the total finalists to 8. The previous four finalists were:

  • Fierce Towers by Nickel Buddy
  • Astraware Solitare by Handmark
  • Expense Manager by Total Wireless Solutions
  • Vision for YouTube by Metova

So far, of the 8 finalists, 3 are games. This is interesting considering games make up a small percentage of total BlackBerry content sales. Finalists were selected by a panel of judges based on the following criteria: compelling product or service; clearly defined value proposition, and; technical execution. Personally, I would like to see more utilities in the finalists. These apps are constantly improving the functionality of the device and need more recognition.

My next four choices are:

  • gwabbit
  • vPost (their latest version includes screenshot functionality and a scribble feature)
  • LaterDude Pro
  • Poynt (with their new features, are they eligible to reapply?)

Who would you nominate for the Developer Challenge?

Nintaii v.1.0.9 Reviewed!

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Though I wasn’t a big fan of their Poker Odds Calculator Pro, I really like Mobigloo’s Nintaii for BlackBerry. Some of you may remember us mentioning Nintaii back in October when we discussed the finalists for  the BlackBerry Developer Challenge. ‘Nintai,’ a Japanese Kanji that means “patience” offers users a great experience from start to finish – if you can, that is. It’s easy to install, and there’s virtually no setup. The controls are easy to learn and operate. And, there are about 100 different levels (of increasing difficulty), so with a little perserverance this game may in fact teach you all about the meaning of patience.

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Complete audio of the BlackBerry Developer Conference now available (BlackBerry Bytes)

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RIM CEO Mike LazaridisIf you weren’t one of the lucky people attending the BlackBerry Developers Conference, take heart, RIM is bringing part of the experience to you! No, it’s not a free BlackBerry, but possible something much more valuable: the entire 2008 BBDC keynote audio. Weighing in at over 3 hours (!), the keynote has something for everyone: Mike Lazaridis’ inspiring address to developers, Rick Segal of the BlackBerry Partners Fund debuting the Dev Challenge winners and mentioning the BlackBerry Cool 15 about 15 times, (enough for a fun drinking game!) or the highly technical stuff near the end about Eclipse or MS Visual studio support.

BlackBerry Developer Conference Keynote Audio

BlackBerry Partners Fund adds two new members (BlackBerry Bytes)

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If you’re excited about the number of cool BlackBerry applications you’ve heard about recently, it probably has something to do with the BlackBerry Partners Fund, the $150 million venture capital fund announced at WES. I would ask you to look no further than the BlackBerry Developer Challenge and the BlackBerry Cool 15 as examples of their pedigree. Today they announced the addition of two new members to its investment team: Marc Faucher and Matt Golden.

“Marc and Matt add competencies that perfectly compliment the knowledge and
experience currently resident within the members of the BlackBerry Partners Fund management team,” said Kevin Talbot, Co-Managing Partner of the BlackBerry Partners Fund. “With these appointments the BlackBerry Partners Fund has further solidified itself as the preeminent source of venture capital for mobile application or service developers.”

Both Marc and Matt have a variety of experience from other venture funds, as well as major wireless players like Bell, Ericsson and Tira Wireless. Welcome to the team, guys!

(via MobileSyrup)